Somme American Cemetery, outside Bony, France. Photo by Jim Nolan. Click to enlarge.
My great uncle Lt. John Curry lies buried here along with 1,843 other fallen soldiers. He died on May 28, 1918 during the Battle of Cantigny, America's first big engagement in WWI. My great-grandmother, Sara, visited his grave here twice, the second time as part of a Gold Star Mother's Pilgrimage. You can hear John's story below.
An ID photo from my great-grandmother's trip to France to visit her son's grave at the Somme American Cemetery. Sara, and the other mothers and widows of fallen WWI soldiers, were treated as heroes by the French. You can listen to my account of her trip below, based on her son's military burial file.
My mother's uncle, Robert Koenig, and my father's uncle, John Curry. Both were killed in action in WW1. Robert served in the German Navy. John, in the U.S. First Army, 28th Infantry. World War 1 was carnage, and pointless. Lt. Curry's story is below.